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Tavita’s Fascination Of Engines Confirms Her Career Path

Tavita’s Fascination Of Engines Confirms Her Career Path
Tavita Dulcie at Port Mua-i-Walu, Suva on March 13, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
March 14
10:00 2018

Her regular travelling back to her village in Beqa for the school holidays triggered her to pursue a career path different from her parents’ expectation.

Tavita Dulcie from Rukua, Beqa is now the chief engineerof the Laucala Island Resort owned barge the Qio-ni-Laucala.

Young Tavita was always fascinated with engines as a young girl attending school in Suva.

She definitely was not the typical girl who dreamt of being a nurse, teacher, lawyer or an accountant.

Working with engines, wearing greasy overalls and safety boots was her niche.

After completing her Year 12 external exams in 2012 at Assemblies of God Secondary School, the 23-year-old, enrolled at the Nautical Science faculty at Fiji National University (FNU) Maritime School at Laucala.

She said completing her studies was all about pushing the frontiers of female achievement.

“I’m a woman with a passion to work in a male-dominated field because I believe we are equal to men in terms of education and skills,” Ms Dulcie said.

“For girls my age, they can do anything if they set their mind to it,” she said.

“I used to work at a fishing vessel before I working onthis vessel last two months ago.

“Sometimes, I would be at sea for a month or two then return home. The reason why I also chose to study at maritime was it was the only course my father could afford.”

She has encouraged girls to be adventurous in their choice of work and develop a passion for it.

“Many girls are crossing over to work in male dominated fields and I want to be part of that move,” she said.

The eldest of five hopes to pursue further studies at the Maritime School soon, as she wants to be a ship captain.

“I am planning to return to school to further my studies as a captain,” she said.

“I want to show my three sisters that you are never too late to achieve your goals and always dream high.”

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